This project is an expansion of our original Lettuce Learn program. Lettuce Learn, is an educational outreach program focused on teaching at-risk children ages 3-18 the importance of increasing fruits and vegetables in their diet. We connect the common core standards with food literacy.
We define food literacy as the skills students need to shape their food choices through seed to table curriculum. We are requesting funding to expand our program to include students in grades 2nd-5th grade. We will continue to hold programming at Fairmont and S. Ellen Jones Elementary. For the 2019-2020 school, we will have programming at Slate Run and Green Valley Elementary. We intend to continue to add schools as we grow in staff and size.
For the last year, Let Us Learn has been operating at Fairmont Elementary and S. Ellen Jones Elementary schools in New Albany, Indiana. At these schools, we worked with 170 students, mostly 4th graders. Our flagship garden at Fairmont Elementary is now in the third year. With the assistance of Master Gardener Donna Poe, we taught a Seed to School curriculum and planted everything from tomatoes and peppers to okra and cabbage. The children plant, maintain and harvest.
The purpose of Lettuce Learn is to incorporate the common core standards with food literacy and to bring the classroom to the garden hand-on learning. Studies show that hands-on, experiential, food-based curriculum provides academic enrichment for all students.
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